Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Advisory

High rates of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, have been reported in northeast Ontario.

Pertussis is an acute infection of the respiratory tract that causes coughing fits or spells that may end with vomiting. Symptoms usually begin with a mild respiratory illness that may progress to uncontrollable violent coughing, making it difficult to breathe. It can affect people of all ages, but it is more serious and even deadly for babies.

We encourage everyone to make sure they wash their hands frequently and cough into your sleeve during the holidays and over the winter months.

The best way to protect against pertussis is by getting vaccinated.

Contact your local Public Health department or visit the Porcupine Health Unit’s website for more information on how to get vaccinated.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Advisory (PDF)